Now that the lockdown restrictions have been somewhat eased, you can finally relax a little and start thinking about planning for the future.
There’s only so much training you can do on a stationary bike at home while self-isolating, after all. Eventually, there comes a time when you simply need to get away from your turbo set up, get out and get competitive.
With this in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the most exciting sportives and cycling events due to take place throughout the rest of the year.
While the coronavirus pandemic may have cancelled sporting events left, right and centre, more and more are starting to come about, but you’ll need to act quickly to enter in time.
Listed below are some of the best ones to think about participating in around the UK.
1. The MS Trust London To Brighton Bike Ride. 13th September 2020.
One of the most popular UK cycling routes there is, the Multiple Sclerosis Trust are hosting their annual Brighton to London bike ride on 13th September 2020. Giving cyclists the opportunity to put their lockdown bike interval training to the test in their own time.
After paying a £50 registration fee, you will join 4,000 other cyclists for the 54-mile ride from London’s Clapham Common to Brighton’s seafront.
Guiding you through a wide range of idyllic country villages, including Carshalton, Banstead and Haywards Heath, the route also features the well-known Ditchling Beacon climb to the very top of the South Downs.
From then on though it’s all downhill, as you finish with a well-earned drink and finisher’s medal on the bustling Brighton coast. To take part, book your place today by clicking here.
2. New Forest 100. 19th & 20th September 2020.
One of the UK’s most popular sportives, the New Forest 100 Sportive hasn’t been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and remains due to take place over the weekend of 19th – 20th September.
Starting your ride by crossing the River Avon, you will quickly head into the New Forest itself, skirting through the small villages of Bransgore and Burley. Here you will likely encounter free-roaming ponies and donkeys as you take in Hampshire’s beautiful scenery, enjoying areas like Kent’s Oak, Dunsbridge and West Tithersley.
As its name suggests, the route runs for 100 miles but – depending on your level of experience – you can decide how much of it you would like to do: the ‘Short’ route is 30 miles, ‘Standard’ is 60 miles and ‘Epic’ is the full 100 miles.
Unfortunately, the Saturday event is now fully sold out but there are spaces still available on the Sunday. Book your place today by clicking here.
3. The 2020 Great Exmoor Ride. 6th September 2020.
If you’re looking to tie your sportive in with a holiday, then the 2020 Great Exmoor Ride could be the ideal choice.
Starting in Taunton, this challenging 66-mile route will take you through a range of sights and scenery as you wind your way through quiet Somerset lanes onto the eastern part of Exmoor.
With more than 1600m of climbing, it’s safe to say the route is certainly not for the faint of heart. However, it aims to be accessible to anyone willing to rise to the challenge – whether that be an experienced cyclist, a commuter or a non-cyclist with a lot of self-determination.
Plus, once you’ve finished the route, you’ll have the opportunity to soak up the Summer sun with a drink in hand at the Blue Anchor Bay near Minehead.
Taking place on Sunday 6th September 2020, entries are limited so you’ll need to act quickly if you’d like to take part. Click here for further details.
4. Orro Sussex Downs Classic. 5th September 2020.
Now into its third year, the Orro Sussex Downs Classic offers a good, competitive alternative to the hugely popular London to Brighton bike ride.
Featuring the same mile-long climb up Ditchling Beacon to the top of the South Downs, this route will certainly test your legs, taking you through a plethora of tree-covered lanes and the wonderful scenery found in the Ashdown Forest.
Offering a choice between the ‘Standard’ 72-mile route at £35 entry or the ‘Short’ 39-mile route at £25 entry, the event is due to take place on Saturday 5th September 2020 and is certainly one of the tougher routes on this list.
To find out more information, click here.
5. Alzheimer’s Research UK Norfolk Flyer. 1st November 2020.
Covering a network of largely fast, quiet country lanes, the route will guide you through the beautiful Norfolk countryside and a range of stunning towns and landmarks along the way.
From the Royal Sandringham Estate to the villages of Fulmodeston, North Creake, Hindringham and Great Bircham, cyclists will be able to soak up the Autumnal East Anglian atmosphere with ease.
Plus, depending on your level of experience, you will have the choice of doing either the ‘Standard’ 78-mile route or the ‘Short’ 53-mile route. To sign up, click here for details on how to apply.
6. Deloitte Ride Across Britain. 4th – 12th September 2021.
If you’re looking for a true test of endurance and a holiday all combined, then the Deloitte Ride Across Britain will certainly leave all memories of the coronavirus pandemic in the distant past.
Taking 800 riders on the 874-mile route between Land’s End and John O’Groats over a nine-day period, this ever-popular track between the UK’s two ‘ends’ is one for any cycling enthusiast’s bucket list.
A challenge almost as old as cycling itself, the route will transport you across the UK – from the rolling hills of Cornwall to the sweeping landscapes of Scotland. You’ll also pass an abundance of iconic locations along the way, including St Michaels Mount, Forth Bridge, Cheddar Gorge and The Severn Bridge.
Unfortunately, this years’ event was recently postponed until 4th September 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it’s never too early to register your interest, so click here to stay up to date.